Shirts give you the biggest bang for the buck perfecting the most-used details in fashion sewing! Tissue and fabric-fit a shirt pattern. Helen will help you master the details. Leave with a garment and a pattern fitted perfectly to you!

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Up Your Fitting and Sewing Skills—Choose Your Design Details

Strongly suggested prerequisite:
Palmer/Pletsch 2-day  or
4-day Fit workshop 

Palmer/Pletsch — The Fit Experts

Featuring the Palmer/Pletsch
Tissue-Fitting Method

Butterick Palmer/Pletsch sewing pattern B6852 classic shirt

Everybody loves a classic shirt, so why not once-and-for-all perfect the fit and sewing details. This workshop will allow you to refresh your wardrobe with a stylish shirt, while honing your fitting and sewing skills.

Perfect the most-used details in fashion sewing—collars, bands, interfacing, yokes, set-in-sleeves, sleeve plackets, cuffs, darts, buttonholes, shirt tail and other hems—the details you use again and again in sewing various garments.

Students will be guided every step of the way in conquering those construction techniques that require patience and skill. You will get expert help as you master both classic and time-saving techniques.  The small class size allows for personalized instruction, as well as demonstration and explanation of each fitting and sewing detail.

If you have taken our 2-Day Beginning Fit or 4-Day Fit workshops you will have a head start altering a new pattern and perfecting the fit. You will end up with a shirt you can reinvent again and again with the same or changed details. You will learn how to design with darts— especially useful if you are full-busted. 

You’ll leave with a completed garment and a pattern fitted perfectly to you.

Why 5-days? We want you to get as much out of the class as possible, so we’ve added the fifth day for half the price of the other days. We want you to succeed!

The workshop includes lunches and our Palmer/Pletsch classic shirt pattern Butterick B6852. Bring another Palmer/Pletsch shirt pattern of your choice from the choices shown below. Why Palmer/Pletsch? The alteration lines are on the tissue and fit help plus sewing tips are in the guide. Plus we’ve sewn them all and can help with all fit and sewing questions you have.

Butterick Palmer/Pletsch shirt pattern B6842
Butterick Palmer/Pletsch shirt pattern B6898 in pale blue fabric

Would you like to order another shirt pattern?  Visit the pattern page on our website.

This class is held at Sew-Op + Maker Space in Vancouver, WA, across the Columbia River from Portland, OR.

For Portlanders who don’t often cross the river, it’s easy. Traveling north on I-5, take Mill Plain exit toward Port of Vancouver, stay in the left lane. (The far left lane is not Mill Plain.) Turn left at light and move to the right lane. You are now on 15th Street. Turn right on Broadway. Sew-Op is in the green building on right—the first building you come to.

There is 2-hour free street parking in front of Sew-Op and extended parking four blocks east. For closer parking download the convenient Parking Kitty app. Use this City of Vancouver Parking Map to find more parking locations.

Sew-Op Exterior

1507 Broadway, Vancouver, WA 98663
near the corner of E. 15th and Broadway. Use the parking map link button above to find parking near Sew-Op.

Helen Bartley teaching a class at the Palmer/Pletsch Sew-Op Sewing School

The Book You’ll Want to Have—The Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting

Sew Great Clothes for Every Body. Fit Any Fashion Pattern

by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto

With this guide to fitting you’ll learn all facets of bodice and skirt pattern fitting and alteration to give you the background and guidance needed to achieve a custom fit on any pattern from any company. Winner of the Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Silver Award in the 2019 “Craft & Hobby, Home & Garden” book category. For specific fitting guidance for pants, see Pants for Real People, and for comprehensive fitting of jackets, see Jackets for Real People.

Amelia, from the UK, says: “I started dressmaking about two years ago. I am obsessed with fit, but have never got it quite right until I bought the Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting. Wow! Your book has transformed my sewing and made me understand about fit and how to achieve it. I’m telling all my sewing buddies about it! What a difference this has made—although I now seem to be even more picky! I now realize how awful the fit is with all my ready-to-wear clothes!”

The Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting book


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